“Biodiversity and Phylogeny of Marasmius from
Madagascar (Published Results)”
Jackie Shay Biography:
Jackie Shay is a budding mycologist and systems biologist
currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of
California at Merced. Last May she graduated from San
Francisco State University with her master’s degree in Ecology,
Evolution, and Conservation Biology with Dr. Dennis
Desjardin. She focused her thesis on the wonderful diversity
and taxonomy of Marasmius from Madagascar. Her work
has recently been accepted for publication in Phytotaxa, a
first for Jackie in her academic career! She is excited to share
her findings with you this month.
Jackie is currently exploring the role fungi and bacteria
as they function in the microbiome of monkey flower
plants. In particular, she is curious how the microbiome influences
the host’s ability to evolve and adapt rapidly in a
changing climate. Jackie is dedicated to bringing awareness
to plant-fungal symbiosis.
Please come enjoy the beauty of decomposing fungi in
Madagascar and learn about the genus Marasmius in the final
chapter in this journey through evolution.